‘Ask Photos’ will make it easier to look through your photos

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The company took so many stabs with new AI models, showing off new AI capabilities that integrate Gemini into every single Google product or service under the sun.
Using the Gemini AI, the upcoming “Ask Photos” feature could make diving into the labyrinth of albums in Google Photos far easier.
Google claimed that with a single prompt, Google’s Gemini model would look through your photos more precisely than your usual needle-in-haystack queries.
The Gemini AI in Ask Photos can interpret images and read text inside them.
In a blog post, Google Photos engineer Jeremy Selier said that it builds on the existing AI keywords feature that’s been on the app for a while now.
Selier wrote that the AI essentially picks out the correct keywords for you before doing its search through your photos.
Although the demos did look pretty good, it’s still AI, and AI tends to get things wrong.
At the very least, Ask Photos seems far more useful than an early AI video generator or even more Gemini integration into Google Workspace.

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There were a ton of AI promises made at Google’s most recent I/O conference. The business made a lot of attempts with new AI models, showcasing AI capabilities that allowed Gemini to be integrated into every Google service and product available. But take enough shots, and the law of averages says at least one will hit the mark. The forthcoming “Ask Photos” feature, which makes use of the Gemini AI, may make navigating Google Photos’ confusing album structure much simpler.

As detailed by Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai during his company’s annual showcase, the feature would essentially use AI to search through your massive photo albums for you. To find the exact image you need, sift through years’ worth of images, photos, and memes using keywords. Google claimed that with a single prompt, Google’s Gemini model would look through your photos more precisely than your usual needle-in-haystack queries.

Images can be interpreted and text within them can be read by Ask Photos’ Gemini AI. For instance, if you’re looking for your car’s license plate among a slew of car pics stuffed in your Photos app, the AI will have a much better idea of which is your vehicle based on how often the car appears in your albums and in which context. Pichai said that Ask Photos is so good that it could even interpret life events based on your pictures, such as telling you when your daughter first learned to swim.

In a blog post, Google Photos engineer Jeremy Selier said that it builds on the existing AI keywords feature that’s been on the app for a while now. To retrieve all the photos taken at a national park, just ask your phone to do so. This will retrieve all the relevant photos and provide you with a list of the parks you visited. No need to think of the perfect keywords.

The AI should also be able to comprehend the photos you’ve taken over the years. For instance, the AI could interpret the variations in birthday themes for kids over time. According to Selier, before searching through your photos, the AI essentially selects the appropriate keywords for you.

It’s still AI, and AI makes mistakes, even though the demos did appear to be fairly good. The company described Ask Photos as “experimental,” a label Google applies to almost all of its AI projects, regardless of their current stage of development. As for Ask Photos, according to Selier, it will retain the adjustments you provide it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t make mistakes in subsequent prompts.

The feature is scheduled to launch “in the coming months,” but that’s a pretty hazy timeline that corresponds with the rest of Google’s ambiguous AI announcements from this year’s I/O. At the very least, Ask Photos seems far more useful than an early AI video generator or even more Gemini integration into Google Workspace.

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